South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg has announced the suspension of his campaign for President. His decision follows a win in Iowa and a respectable showing in New Hampshire but poor results in Nevada and South Carolina, particularly with nonwhite voters.
Earlier today, he spoke with former President Jimmy Carter and his campaign representatives had made clear he was evaluating whether he had a path forward to the Presidency. During an appearance on Meet the Press today, he admitted that he knew South Carolina was going to be a difficult state in which to do well.
Pete stepping down from the race prior to Super Tuesday will free many of his potential voters to shift to another candidate; Biden is expected to be the main beneficiary of those votes because of their similarly moderate Democrat policies and because Biden’s early support of gay marriage has earned him some love in the gay activist community, but those who were seeking an alternative to old white men may shift to Klobuchar or Warren, and some members of the youth vote are likely to shift to Sanders.
Any endorsement that Buttigieg may provide tonight or tomorrow will likely be a further influence on his voters.